Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MDRS-88: Meet the Crew Part 5

David Levine, Mission Journalist

David is an award-winning science fiction writer who has been passionate about space travel all his life. His earliest memories include the Gemini space walks, and his favorite toy as a child was "Major Matt Mason, America's Astronaut in Space." But instead of growing up to be an astronaut, he wound up working as a technical writer, software engineer, and user interface designer for such companies as Tektronix, Intel, and McAfee.

Although he was happy in high tech, he couldn't let go of space, and in the year 2000 he took a sabbatical from his high-tech job to attend the Clarion West science fiction writers' workshop. It seems to have worked. He made his first professional short story sale in 2001, won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2002, was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2003, was nominated for the Hugo Award and the Campbell again in 2004, and won a Hugo in 2006 (Best Short Story, for "Tk'Tk'Tk").

David retired from his day job in 2007, at the age of 46, and now spends his time traveling and writing. His science fiction and fantasy stories have been published in all the major magazines; translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Finnish, Czech, Hebrew, and Chinese; and collected in four Year's Best anthologies. He has also written two novels and is working on a third. His "Titanium Mike Saves the Day" was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2008, and a collection of his short stories, Space Magic from Wheatland Press, just won the 2009 Endeavour Award for best SF book from a Pacific Northwest writer.

David lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate Yule, with whom he edits the fanzine Bento.

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